Monday, July 6, 2020

Ulysses And The Sirens, Painted By Thomas Moran (1837–1926)

This painting, created by the American artist Thomas Moran (1837–1926), depicts one of the famous obstacles faced by Odysseus (a name Latinized to Ulysses)...

The Tale Of Ingimund The Old Bringing A Bear From Iceland To King Harald Finehair Of Norway

Ingimund the Old was a prominent figure among the first generation of Icelanders, and his ancestors and countrymen preserved his name in elaborate tales...

Valhalla, Illustrated By Emil Doepler (c. 1855-1922)

This boisterous illustration by the German artist Emil Doepler (c. 1855-1922) is a depiction of Valhöll (better known as Valhalla), the great hall of...

The Odd Tale Of Magical Charms That Supposedly Protected Paris From Pests And Fire

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Medieval Manuscript Illustration Of A Basilisk

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The Tale Of A Monstrous Whale That Harassed Ships In the Age Of Justinian

According to the historian, Procopius (c. 490-565), a forty-five foot (13.716 meter) long and fifteen foot (4.572 meter) wide whale caused havoc in the...

Mark Twain

Mark Twain (c. 1835-1910) "Homely truth is unpalatable." From The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Chapter 21), by Mark Tain (originally published 1876).

Ulysses And The Sirens, Painted By Thomas Moran (1837–1926)

This painting, created by the American artist Thomas Moran (1837–1926), depicts one of the famous obstacles faced by Odysseus (a name Latinized to Ulysses)...

Valhalla, Illustrated By Emil Doepler (c. 1855-1922)

This boisterous illustration by the German artist Emil Doepler (c. 1855-1922) is a depiction of Valhöll (better known as Valhalla), the great hall of...

The Island Of Penglai, Painted By Yuan Yao (c. 18th Century)

This painting, with its ornate golden buildings peeking up through a landscape of misty forests and mountains, is a depiction of a magical island...

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Lucan

  Lucan (c. 39-65) "You'll learn that those who are able to hold the peace do not also run away from war." From Lucan’s Civil War (Book 2,...

When A Spartan Fleet Was Devastated In 410 BCE, The Persians Helped Them Rebuild

At the start of the second phase of the decades-long Peloponnesian War (c. 431-404 BCE) between the alliances of Athens and Sparta, an Athenian...

The Back-And-Forth Battles Between Rome And The Aequians Over Bolae

In 418 BCE, Rome defeated an allied force of Aequians and warriors from Labici, then subsequently sacked the city of Labici and turned the...

Ambush of King Cynewulf of Wessex, by Richard Caton Woodville, Jr. (c. 1856–1927)

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The Tale Of Ingimund The Old Bringing A Bear From Iceland To King Harald Finehair Of Norway

Ingimund the Old was a prominent figure among the first generation of Icelanders, and his ancestors and countrymen preserved his name in elaborate tales...

Ulysses And The Sirens, Painted By Thomas Moran (1837–1926)

This painting, created by the American artist Thomas Moran (1837–1926), depicts one of the famous obstacles faced by Odysseus (a name Latinized to Ulysses)...

Valhalla, Illustrated By Emil Doepler (c. 1855-1922)

This boisterous illustration by the German artist Emil Doepler (c. 1855-1922) is a depiction of Valhöll (better known as Valhalla), the great hall of...

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The First Viking Raids Against The Umayyad Emirate Of Cordoba

  The early 840s were a time of heightened Viking activity. Norsemen took advantage of the Carolingian Dynasty’s civil war among the sons of Louis...

Alexander Cuts The Gordian Knot, by Jean-Simon Berthélemy (1743–1811)

In this painting, artist Jean-Simon Berthélemy (c. 1743–1811) re-creates a famous tale from the life of Alexander the Great (r. 336-323 BCE). The scene...

The Tale Of Gundovald’s Pursuit Of Magical Relics

In 585, an adventurer named Gundovald (or Gundoald) spent a brief time in the city of Bordeaux. He was roaming the lands of the...

The Cursed Duchy of Spoleto in 824

  At the start of 824, Suppo I was the Duke of Spoleto, a position he had held for two years. Suppo, however, fell ill...

10 Wise Quotes From Anna Komnene

Check out our Youtube channel HERE. Anna Komnene was born to Emperor Alexios and Empress Eirene in 1083, just two years after Alexios wrested the...

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Ten Mysterious Edgar Allan Poe Quotes

Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809 to David and Elizabeth Poe, two actors who lived in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. Unfortunately, David...

10 Witty Quotes From Benjamin Franklin

Over the course of his life, Benjamin Franklin (1706- 1790) underwent a tremendous transformation, from a poorly educated boy who ran away from his...
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When A Spartan Fleet Was Devastated In 410 BCE, The Persians Helped Them Rebuild

At the start of the second phase of the decades-long Peloponnesian War (c. 431-404 BCE) between the alliances of Athens and Sparta, an Athenian...

Hesiod and the Muse painted by Gustave Moreau (c. 1826–1898)

This colorful painting, created by the French artist Gustave Moreau (c. 1826–1898), features the ancient Greek poet, Hesiod (c. 8th century BCE), and his...

Hesiod

Hesiod (c. 8th century BCE) "Seek no evil gains: evil gains are no better than losses." From Hesiod’s Works and Days (between lines 335-364), translated by M. L....

The Great Escape Of Captured Syracusans From An Ancient Athenian Work Camp

In the middle of the Peloponnesian War (c. 431-404 BCE), Athens launched a disastrous expedition against the Sicilian city of Syracuse, which had aligned...

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  Lucan (c. 39-65) "You'll learn that those who are able to hold the peace do not also run away from war." From Lucan’s Civil War (Book 2,...

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Livy (c. 59 BCE-17 CE) "There is, to speak generally, no such thing as work without gain or gain without work: toil and pleasure, though...

The Back-And-Forth Battles Between Rome And The Aequians Over Bolae

In 418 BCE, Rome defeated an allied force of Aequians and warriors from Labici, then subsequently sacked the city of Labici and turned the...

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Baptism of King Guthrum, by James William Edmund Doyle (1822–1892)

This image was created by the artist James William Edmund Doyle (1822–1892) and engraved for mass-production by Edmund Evans (1826–1905). It was one of...

The Battle of Stamford Bridge, painted by Peter Nicolai Arbo (c. 1831–1892)

This image, painted by the Norwegian artist Peter Nicolai Arbo (c. 1831–1892), showcases the deadly clash between King Harald “Hardrada” Sigurdsson of Norway and...

Edmund Ironside And Canute The Great, Painted by Matthew Paris (d. 1259) For His Chronica Majora

This image, created by the monk, historian and artist Matthew Paris (d. 1259) for his Chronica Majora, depicts an interesting tale from English history....
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Ingimund the Old was a prominent figure among the first generation of Icelanders, and his ancestors and countrymen preserved his name in elaborate tales...

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This painting, created by the American artist Thomas Moran (1837–1926), depicts one of the famous obstacles faced by Odysseus (a name Latinized to Ulysses)...

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  Lucan (c. 39-65) "You'll learn that those who are able to hold the peace do not also run away from war." From Lucan’s Civil War (Book 2,...

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